Death of an Island Culture

Location:Nukumanu, Papua New Guinea
Subject:Culture change; overpopulation; urban drift
Length:20 minutes
Format:16mm; 1/2-inch VHS
Year Released:1969
Library Code:UHM AV/C VIDEOTAPE 8498
Description:The traditional way of life of the Polynesian inhabitants on the island of Nukumanu seems doomed. This documentary depicts the changes rendered by the coming of European traders. No longer a self-sustaining island, Nukumanu is now burdened by overpopulation and must depend on imported goods. The family structure is disintegrating as the young men of the island emigrate to the mainland for education and jobs. In many ways, twentieth century influences are chipping away at the ancient way of life here and elsewhere across the globe.
Record No:437
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